Today I welcome fellow historical romance writer Brenda B. Taylor to the Friday Fast 5 to talk about a book I had the awesome pleasure of reading before its release!
Hi Brenda! Welcome to the blog!
Thank you for hosting me, and giving me the opportunity to tell a little about myself and newly released Scottish historical romance, A Highland Pearl.
What author first inspired you to write your own stories?
When I taught elementary school students, I read the Little House in the Big Woods series by Laura Ingalls Wilder to my students. Wilder’s books inspired me to learn more about writing historical fiction. I became interested in genealogy and realized all families had interesting stories that should be told, so I combined my desire to write historical fiction with telling the stories of my family.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I sit down at the computer and begin to write the first thoughts that spring into my imagination. Sometimes I delete everything I write, but many times an idea springs up and I carry it on to completeness.
What time of day is your best writing time? Up early with the birds or wake up in the middle of the night with an inspiration and have to go write it down?
I begin writing with a cup of coffee in hand soon after waking in the morning. My thoughts and mind are fresher in the morning and ideas rise easier to the surface. Sometimes I return to writing in the afternoons, but it is usually for editing.
What advice would you give new authors?
I encourage new authors to keep working. Writing fiction is a craft that must be learned, honed, and refined. Discouragement is lurking nearby, waiting for an entrance into your psyche. Don’t let it take root and grow.
Don’t Miss A Highland Pearl
A sweet romance blossoms amidst feuding and war. With her reputation at stake after being accused of practicing witchcraft and hated as a member of a rival clan, Maidie considers leaving Clan Munro and returning to the home of her birth in Clan Cameron. Fierce battles, a tragic encounter, and a handsome clan chief compel her to make crucial decisions in this haunting romance set in the16th century Highlands of Scotland.
Where to Find More About A Highland Pearl
More About Brenda B. Taylor
The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.
Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
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